Press Release from Biathlon Canada
Three-time Olympian and one of Canada’s most successful national team cross country ski coaches, Justin Wadsworth, has been named Biathlon Canada National Team Head Coach through to the end of the 2019-2020 season. Wadsworth, who was named interim head coach in April of this year, is excited to continue working with the team.
“Since April, our plan has been centred around consistent, quality training. The team has responded extremely well and have bought into the plan,” Wadsworth said. “Almost all athletes have broken personal records throughout the training season.”
Integrating into a new coaching and support team has been seamless for Wadsworth, “It has been a pleasure learning from Pavel Lantsov – he is an extremely committed and knowledgeable coach and the athletes respect him so much. Andrew Chisholm has also stepped in to support both Pavel and I on the trail and in the range and he is continually looking for new improvements. In addition, our Support Team lead, Jess Kryski has gone above and beyond in monitoring the health and wellness of our athletes with her team.”
“With a number of new athletes on the team this season, we have all worked really hard on creating a positive team culture, which is crucial when the World Cup team will be competing in Europe for over 120 days.”
Justin will split his time this season between attending World Cups and World Championships in Europe and working with athletes from afar in Canmore.
“This is a new approach to the season. In the past, we have had our head coach attending all competitions,” Heather Ambery, Biathlon Canada General Manager stated. “We are confident in our new plan.”
Pavel Lantsov, Senior National Team Coach and shooting specialist, and a team of Biathlon Canada world-class ski technicians will lead the World Cup team throughout the season. Justin will fly in and out of the daily competition environment at specific and strategic moments.
The World Cup and IBU Cup teams for the first Trimester (December) will be decided at Trials during the first week of November in Canmore.